Prughs receive special awards at Hudson Cup
It was nearly a perfect weekend for the Prugh family of Spokane at the 63rd Hudson Cup golf matches last weekend in Lake Oswego, Ore.
Steve Prugh, the longtime head professional at Manito Golf & Country Club, was presented the Bob McKendrick Award by the Pacific Northwest Section PGA as the outstanding senior professional in the competition. He had a win and two halved matches for 2 points as the senior pros defeated the senior amateurs 10 1/2-9 1/2 in the 20th edition of the Senior Hudson Cup.
Corey Prugh, Steve’s son and an assistant professional at Manito, was voted the Larry Lamberger Award as the outstanding pro in the matches. Corey Prugh had two wins and a halved match for 2 1/2 points.
The only negative for the Prughs: For the first time since 1978, the amateurs defeated the pros 10 1/2-9 1/2.
Kent Brown of Colville received the Bill Eggers Award as the outstanding senior amateur. Brown had a win and two halved matches for 2 points.
Bill Winter of Portland received the Charles Congdon Award as outstanding amateur.
The Hudson Cup is patterned after the Ryder Cup, with 10-man teams of pros and amateurs competing in four ball, foursome and singles matches. The awards are voted on by opposing team members after the competition.
Lauren Howell, a Montana senior from Mead who transferred from Washington State, shared the Big Sky Conference Female Golfer of the Week award last week for her performance in the Memphis (Tenn.) Fall Invitational.
Howell tied for fifth at 226 after sandwiching a pair of 3-over-par 74s around a 78. Montana finished fifth as a team.
A team from Spokane and Coeur d’Alene, representing the Pacific Northwest Section, finished fourth at the U.S. Tennis Association League’s senior men’s 3.5 national competition last weekend in Indian Wells, Calif.
Team members are Ray Willman, captain; John Williams; Art Acuff; Cornell Clayton; Kevin Campbell; Rex Fuller; and Robert Randall Vancott.
Eleven-year-old Emily Armstrong was the top finisher among the three females in the Armstrong family from Spokane who competed in the XTERRA World Championships last Sunday in Maui, Hawaii.
Emily, a sixth-grader at Hutton Elementary School, was the overall winner in the female division 5K trail run that included more than 200 females in the field of more than 600 from under 9 years of age to over 60. She covered the distance in 26 minutes, 19 seconds, 1:46 ahead of the runner-up, who was first in the 40-44 age division. Emily was the 12th finisher overall.
Sister Morgan, 9, was third in the 9-and-under division, timing 34:12.
Mother Kristen Armstrong, 42, who has several podium finishes in XTERRA events and is the Northwest region points leader, placed ninth in the women’s 40-44 age division in the featured world championship event. She timed 3 hours, 51 minutes, 45 seconds in the premier off-road triathlon competition that included a 1-mile rough-water swim, an 18.3-mile mountain bike course and 6.1-mile trail run.